New Girl "Winston's Birthday" Review: Another Crisis Averted?

New Girl S02E24: "Winston's Birthday"

That was close. So close. Upon arriving in town for Cece's wedding, Jess's dad, played by Rob Reiner, showed up at the loft the morning after Nick and Jess did the horizontal tango, and despite Jess's warnings that Nick not reveal their relationship to her father, he was disarmed by his own daddy issues and spilled. Bob promptly threatened to kill him, then simmered down and opted to just stick with the old, "You're not good enough for my little princess!" schtick. This happened immediately in the wake of a bonding moment between the two gents, with Bob assuring Nick that Nick wasn't like his late father; thus, when Bob made the assertion that Nick is actually just like Bob, with Bob admitting that he believed he'd been a crappy husband to Jess's mom, it was enough to shatter the foundation of Jess and Nick's "thing" just as it was starting to settle.

Ugh, stop talking, Bob. 

But perhaps it's a sign of just how far Nick has come this season that after the initial hurt dulled, Bob's refusal to give Nick and Jess his blessing didn't seem to be such a world-shattering rejection after all.

There was so much potential for Bob's rejection of Nick and his comparison of Nick to himself to sink the good ship Nessy and for a minute there, I thought the writers had brought back Mr. Day purely to deliver what would surely be a temporarily fatal blow. Jess and Nick's relationship is sometimes just as complicated and hard to define for we the viewers as it is for Nick and Jess. I know for certain that I don't want a long, drawn-out courtship with lots of break-ups and reunions stretching on for season after season, but I also don't think we're ready for Nick and Jess to settle completely into the boyfriend/girlfriend routine. Watching them fumble toward a definition of what they are, fight their mutual feelings, and eventually come together time and again has been one of the most surprisingly enjoyable aspects of New Girl's second seasonEvery time it seems like their awkward inevitability is running out of non-irritating roadblocks to throw up, the writers manage to explore angles of Jess and Nick and Jess/Nick that were never even considered before. 

The Nick Miller we knew in Season 1 one would've taken Bob's words to heart and bailed on his relationship with Jess simply to avoid the thought of Bob's prophesy—that in the end, it wouldn't work out—because the Nick Miller we knew in Season 1 was sorely lacking in both the self-esteem and the goals departments. If that Nick Miller was told he wasn't good enough for Jess, he would've believed it. If he was told they would fail as a couple, he wouldn't even have tried to make it work. In a way, the Nick we saw in "Winston's Birthday" is now a Nick who's harnessing the damage done to him by his father—and his fears of turning out like his old man or some similarly unfavorable figure—and making the fear work in his favor. Nick knows what a good guy and a bad guy look and act like. He doesn't want to be like his father and he's finally starting to understand that he doesn't have to be if he doesn't want to be. 

Nick wasn't the only half of this couple who could've been scared away by Bob's bluster, though. Jess has her fair share of hang-ups, and given the epic struggle we saw her undergo in last week's flashbacks to lose her virginity to just the right guy, it's not hard to imagine the initial horror of being told she was basically dating her dad.

Yet in the end, after clumsily trying to justify her terror, Jess concluded that the messy parts of life are the best parts, and sleeping with a guy who reminds her dad of her dad is a messy part that she can live with.

Nick's stupidly precious candlelit belated morning-after breakfast on the roof probably helped, too—even if it ended up going to Winston. I actually really appreciated that the everybody-forgot-Winston's-birthday storyline didn't end up being a giant sitcom-y angst fest. Everybody forgot—it happens!—and then everybody tried to make it better and there was minimal pouting and guilt-tripping. Yay for adults acting like adults. 

But now we need to talk about Schmidt and Elizabeth. I'm so torn, and even though deep down inside I don't think there's any way for them to last very long despite Schmidt's best efforts, Elizabeth is really growing on me. She's a pretty awesomely positive character in a lot of ways. So far, she's been shown as someone who's perfectly comfortable in her own skin even though she's aware that she doesn't embody conventional beauty standards. She doesn't mind rocking a 12-year-old Y2Kitty T-shirt. She's not impressed with Schmidt because he lost a bazillion pounds and is now suddenly occasionally considered attractive and desirable by a supermodel, which puts an interesting dynamic on their relationship because Schmidt initially went back to Elizabeth after suffering a string of rejections during his hunt for a plus-one to Cece's wedding, incorrectly assuming that geeky, plain Elizabeth would unquestionably throw herself at Schimdt 2.0. The fact that she didn't and doesn't and he's actually the one chasing her is pretty revealing of Schmidt's deeper self-esteem issues. 

The only thing that really bothers me about Elizabeth, however, is that sometimes I think her insistence that Schmidt go back to being his old self is a little unfair. It's okay for people to change, you know? It doesn't make them bad people. Even with his douchebag tendencies, the current Schmidt isn't really a bad guy. For whatever reason, Schmidt decided not to remain the same person he was in college, and Elizabeth doesn't always seem willing to respect that. Having her constantly point out the flaws in New Schmidt probably feels just as bad, to him at least, as when people undoubtedly did the same thing to Old Schmidt.

Still, the flashbacks we've seen have have made it clear that Elizabeth has cared deeply for Schmidt as a person—regardless of size, shape, or sophistication—for a long time. She even offered to punch people in the peen if they made fun of him for dancing at a party; that's some pure love, right there. So far, Elizabeth's nostalgia for the Schmidt she dated in college—not to mention her urging that he try to let a little more of that guy into his current life—seems to be mostly fueled by a concern that even with his svelte bod and impressive job, Schmidt never seems truly happy. I can get behind that. Cuz let's face it, he's not.  

What I'm saying is, I generally really like Elizabeth and now I'm confused because Cece and Shevrang are sooooo doomed and the logical next step would be to put her back on the track toward Schmidtty and now I don't think I want Elizabeth and Schmidt to break up even though I also don't know how much longer Schmidt is going to indulge her in revisiting his college years. 

(This is why you're awesome, New Girl.)


What did you think of "Winston's Birthday"?



NOTES

– One-liner of the night: Schmidt's mention of his "perfectly sculpted pubic topiary." 

– Internet, I need you to gif the Shriners surrounding that small boy. I NEED it. 

Curtis Armstrong played Jess's possible new boss. Hi, Booger! You been BUSY lately!

– "Burkas isn't you guys, is it?" Oh Jess. 

– Cece's wedding plans continue to spark disaster. How many omens do you need, girl?

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May 17, 2013
I want to know what is the name of the artist and song that was playing at the end of the 'Winston's Birthday' episode on the roof? I can't find it anywhere.
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May 15, 2013
Love the chaos and mishaps, one of the reasons why I fell in love with New Girl since season 1
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May 13, 2013
Am I the only one who didn't like this episode? Found it mostly boring and not funny. Way below what I've come to expect from this awesome show. And I didn't like Elizabeth showing at Schmidt's workplace without making any effort on her look. She seems stuck in her never-be-afraid-of-what-people-think defence mechanism.
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May 11, 2013
I'm REALLY not warming to Elizabeth. She seems annoyed that Schmidt has changed since their college days and seems to be pretty obsessed with the past. If she doesn't like who Schmidt is now then she shouldn't be with him. I keep hoping every episode will be her last - she's very passive aggressive with Schmidt and him being with her is the ultimate backslide. Loved the episode other than that though. They handled the Nick and Jess stuff really well, they were so cute when they first woke up.

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May 10, 2013
Did anyone else find it really mean of Jess's friend to tell her she had a job interview, only for her to show up and it was a lousy substituting gig? As a teacher looking for a job, I would be super POed at my friend for doing that to me (getting my hopes up, then just have to settle for probably only $100)!
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May 09, 2013
Every week Nick reaches a new level of special, love him!!!
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May 09, 2013
Great episode. What a frightening experience for Nick! hahaha...he handle it quite hilariously. especially when he smacked the sun chair and gritted his teeth before he told Billy D about his Yolanda! HAHAHA...i love Jake Johnson...
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May 09, 2013
I think the Elizabeth character is awesome, especially being a plus-size woman. I hope they keep her around and that we see more of fat Schmidt. Eliza-Schmidt forever!
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May 09, 2013
I'm propebly the only person who doesn't want Schmidt and Cece together
I like Shivrang and i like him with Cece
and I like Elizabith and i like her with Schmidt alot
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May 09, 2013
Sorry, but I've gotta root for the Indian guy getting a dream arranged marriage to a model. That could be me someday, gotta keep the fantasy alive! (not that it's my fantasy, I definitely don't want this)
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May 09, 2013
Ah shit but old Nessy is actually giving me what the kids call 'the feels.' ALL THE FEELS. Also LOVE Schmidt and Elizabeth.
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May 09, 2013
I'm so confused, I like Schmidt and Elizabeth, but I really loved him with CeCe. It might have to be resolved in the next episode, since CeCe is getting married.
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May 09, 2013
I'm sorry, but how wasn't this youtube.com/watch?v=B5ZGtOf8uJs on the FTW list??? It has become my favorite tune! So funny!!!
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May 08, 2013
I LOVED this episode if only for the final scene with Nick's facial expressions on the roof! I can't wait to see what happens next week in the wedding episode! Schmidt's storyline was adorable and he and Elizabeth are sooo cute together! I thought that the sight of Winston in that red track suit (which reminded me of Eddie Murphy in Delirious) was hysterical! I love Winston on the show... I wish they would give him more screen time. He cracks me up! This show is the BEST!
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May 08, 2013
Loved the Jess/Nick part, as always. I think their romance is my favorite on tv right now. I'm sad that Winston still doesn't get a bigger or more interesting storyline. It's unfair given how much comic potential Lamorne Morris has. I'm torn about Schmidt and Elizabeth. I don't like her psychology but I find them funny together. I hope they'll break up soon.
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May 08, 2013
The scene with Schmidt and Elizabeth at the restaurant had me in stitches. The reactions from Elizabeth's date were priceless. "So now that you mom's dead, you do all the landlording yourself?" "Uh-Huh." hahaha
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May 09, 2013
I love how he continued eating his food while they danced like awesome idiots hahaha
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May 08, 2013
You mention Booger in the episode but no mention of our beloved Chloe from 24! Damnit!
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May 08, 2013
I love this show!

I'm going to begin this comment by thanking the Universe for New Girl. Thanks, Universe! I know you get a bum rap sometimes, but you're alight. I mean, humanity hasn't been destroyed by an asteroid the size of Rhode Island yet, so that's gotta go down in the plus column, and New Girl has just put you over the top. Someone should designate one day out of the year to commemorate the Universe's awesomeness...

*Holds hand to earpiece*

Hmm? What's that? There's been a Universe day for the last 4 years? I was unaware of that... Anyway, speaking of forgotten occasions, it was Winston's birthday! Go, Winston! It's your birthday! Go! Go! Go!

(That's an Inside joke for those of you who read my Game of Thrones comment this week... No one? Okay, moving along.)

I, for one, loved the whole "everyone forgot Winston's special day, 'cause they've got their own shiz to deal with" plot. I know one of the very few criticisms that have been commonly levelled at New Girl is its mistreatment of Winston. The A and B plots very rarely focus on him, and even when he's involved, he is usually a passenger in his loft mates drama.

But I think that's just Winston. I never use this word and I can't believe I'm going to use it now, but Winston is chill. He's a super chill guy. He's always there for his friends and is totally unselfish. His inability to flirt or pull pranks without resorting to bodily harm is completely endearing. And I like the fact that he doesn't need to be the center of attention.

Let's be honest, with the quirkiness, kookiness and douchiness of Jess, Nick and Schmidt, does the show really need another scene stealer? Again, I can't believe I'm about to write this, but I am so glad Damon Wayons Jr. left New Girl for Happy Endings. The cool calmness and much more understated acting of Lamorne Morris provides balance to a show already full of flamboyant characters. Don't get me wrong, of course Winston has his quirks, but of everybody on this show, I think he's the most level headed. I understand that some people want him to be featured more prominently in the future, and I agree, but I still love the character he is now. He fills a vital role on the show, and it can never be said that the writers don't give him hilarious quotes:

"Surprise! Haha! Yeah! You can come out now. I see some food over here. Where my cake at? HEY, where my cake at?!"

Never change, Wilson, never change.

Now, onto the good ship, the S.S. Nessy! (It's a steam ship because Nick and Jess' courtship is so hot and steamy.)

Last week Nick FINALLY entered Jess' harbour and it was like the sky had cleared and the seas had parted. It seemed as though they had weathered the choppy waves, and it was nothing but smooth sailing (steaming?) on the horizon. But little did they know there was a storm brewing in the shape of Jess's father, Bob. And, uh, he managed to create a violent squall in the shape of, um, self doubt, which caused the S.S. Nessy to lose its, ah, bearings? ... Portside and Starboard!

(That is literally every ship pun I know.)

When I wasn't laughing hysterically, I had a big, stupid grin on my face pretty much this entire episode, but it was even more pronounced during the scenes with Nick and Jess. They're just so damn cute together! I know many people who have told me "they don't ship", and a few others who even look down on anyone who gets emotionally invested in fictional couplings (or as they say in Filipino pop culture: "Loveteams". I know, right? Theirs is better).

First of all, screw those people! Secondly, how is it even humanly possible to NOT want these two to date, get married, and have cute little babies with giant, adorable eyes? (The only viable excuse I will accept is if you're dead inside.) I've heard the tired ol' "it will ruin the show" criticism, but I'm not buying it. If you thought Nick and Jess eventually getting together wasn't a forgone conclusion since the second episode, then you haven't been paying attention. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I trust the writers implicitly.

Besides, Nick and Jess are perfect for each other! The opening scene was adorable, with Nick kissing Jess' shoulder and checking for her pulse (the pretzel Jess found also elicited a loud laugh from me). Not to mention those deliciously runny eggs and that delightfully mangled grapefruit (that is how I will be eating grapefruit from now on). What Nick's breakfast lacked in culinari-ness, it more than made up for in tender loving intention. It's the thought that counts, and Nick is trying everything he can to make her happy.

MaryAnn very correctly pointed out that the Nick we knew in season one is not the Nick we know now. Season one Nick wasn't ready to do his own laundry, let alone seriously commit to a relationship. But since his breakup with whatsherface, and the death of his dad, he has matured. He doesn't want to make the same mistakes his father did. Responsibility no longer frightens him nearly as much and he genuinely wants to do right by Jess.

And Jess is obviously not familiar with the psychological teachings of Sigmund Freud, or she wouldn't be too concerned over the similarities Nick shares with her dad. New Girl once again proved its originality and ingenuity by subverting the cliche "You're not good enough for my daughter" line into "I do know you. You're not your father. You're me. And I'm not good enough for my little girl." Bob blames the aimlessness and immaturity of his youth as the reason he eventually divorced his wife, but Nick and Jess aren't about to rush into a marriage they're not sure about (*cough* Cece! *cough*), and they still have plenty of time to "figure things out".

All that being said, I didn't like the final look Nick and Jess exchanged on the rooftop. (In stark contrast with the final shot of them laughing and joking at the end of last weeks episode.) For Nick it was a look of sadness and resignation. Like no matter how hard he tries to make things perfect, they just don't end up that way. I'm not *too* worried, seeing as Jess didn't seem to mind that much. Also, Jess did say to Cece that her as yet to be categorized thing with Nick "could be the start of something really amazing." Just tell her that you love her, Nick! And maybe ease up on the giant pretzel eating in bed.

I will now summarize my thoughts on Cece+Shevrang and Schmidt+Elizabeth in one paragraph each, because I fear I am beginning to ramble.

Schmeth:

I actually really like these two together. At first I worried that Elizabeth was going to try to change him back into Fat-Schmidt (totally wrong on that score). Then I thought she was going to be nothing more than a pit stop on Scmidt's road back to Cece (wrong again). After seeing them together I don't think Elizabeth is trying to "change him back" to the loveable and insecure fat guy he was in college. She only seems to be trying to show Schmidt that the douchey persona he's created along with his lithe body isn't really him. He doesn't have to be THAT guy with her. And she's teaching him that he shouldn't care what other people think. She's really great. Which makes it so much harder knowing there's about as good a chance of these two lasting as there is of Jess and Nick having a three-way with Remy the landlord. (I'm not saying it CAN'T happen, but it's not very likely.)

SheCece:

Against my initial snap judgments, Shevrang doesn't seem to be so Shev-wrong for Cece after all. In fact, he's pretty Shev-alright. (I have a pun problem, okay?) I still don't think Cece will marry Shevrang, but I'll be damned if they're not making my convictions waver. Schmidt doesn't appear to be planning any grand crash of this wedding, so I can only surmise Cece will back out of her own accord. Which kinda sucks for the 'rangster. (I also have a nickname problem. I have lots of problems, okay?!) How dare you make me care about side characters, New Girl!


NOTES & QUOTES (mostly quotes):

- Schmidt and Elizabeth dancing made laugh so hard I choked on a Pringle.

- Elizabeth to her neighbour, Bernie: "Stop threatening to move and just move!"

Bob: "Stuff, you don't have any stuff. Name one stuff."
Nick: "Documents."
Bob: "Documents?"
Nick: "Yeah, I've got... documents."

- New Girl is so much better than How I Met Your Mother (yes, even the early seasons). I thought I'd just throw that out there.

- Winston: "I got my own damn cake! And you can't have none!"

- Jess: "Shashir, you son of a bitch. You little son of a bitch. It is not your day!"

- The Anti-Jess: "She's not quirky. She's got no bangs, Tall and fat. Really ugly eyes. Small, tiny little beady eyes. Her name is, ah, Yolanda Winston."

- Elizabeth: "Y2 Kitty Kat. As irrelevant today as it was then."

- Schmidt: "I'm wearing the shirt that you got me. Did you think I threw it away? Frogetaboutit."

- Elizabeth: "You wanna see spooky. Call me spooky again. I'll spook the ass fat right out of your lips."

- Jess: "Jamie, enough with the globes. We get it, you're angry."

- Melvin is a good name for a goat.

- Nick to Bob: "I don't know how you get a Podacast, but you should look into it."

- I love that Nick used a period in his rooftop text to Jess. Punctuation is important, people! I use perfect punctuation in my texts and my friends hate me for it, but because I do it, whenever they text me they've started to do it, too. I don't mean to brag, but I think I'm preventing the decline of Western civilization one properly punctuated text at a time...

Douchebag jar?
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May 09, 2013
You are hilarious my friend!
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May 10, 2013
Thanks! I owe it all to my horrible childhood... And I just got dark.
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May 08, 2013
So you don't only write super long analysis posts for GOT, not that I care, I love your posts, you should have your own column.
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May 09, 2013
Thank you so very much! I never get tired of comments like these. Maybe I should start a blog.
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May 11, 2013
I would read a blog if you wrote it. Its the only blog I'd ever read.
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May 11, 2013
Sweet! I will call my blog "The only blog AndreaMcCooey will ever read" ... It's a working title.
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May 08, 2013
I'm so glad you have a new show to be ethusiastic about! I always enjoyed your fringe posts.
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May 09, 2013
Thank you! Those posts were a lot of fun. I miss theorizing and discussing Fringe with you guys almost as much as the show itself.
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May 08, 2013
Your puns make me proud.

"He doesn't need to be the center of attention."

Honestly, and I could be way off, but I always kind of thought of Winston as the "straight man" to his kooky roommate. He has his quirks, like the pranking problems, but for the most part it's almost like he's there to be the generally sane and rational one, which in comparison, makes his roommates seem that much more outlandish.

I definitely get the criticisms about Winston seemingly being overshadowed and ignored-- I've even MADE those complaints from time to time-- and I'm definitely not against seeing more A and B stories for Winston but I don't feel like New Girl thinks of him as a less important figure than Jess, Nick, and Schmidt. He's just a different kind of important. A lot of the time, he acts as the glue that keeps them all together.
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May 09, 2013
*Wipes away a single tear*

THE MaryAnn Sleasman is proud of my puns! I can now die a happy man.

And I don't think you're way off on your opinion of Winston. In fact, you're right on the mark. He IS the "straight man" of New Girl. Well, at the very least the "straightEST man". Every group needs a glue guy, and without a character like Winston, this show would have waaaaaay too much crazy.

(P.S. This may not be the most appropriate place to express my gratitude, but when you come down from mighty Olympus and reply to one of my comments, I've got to take full advantage. I just wanted to say thank you for your awesome Da Vinci's Demons reviews! It's one of those fringe shows that I didn't think TV(dot)com would give the time of day, so it's been wonderfully surprising reading your weekly breakdowns of the ultimate renaissance man. Not to mention it's a pretty damn good show. Keep up the good work, MaryAnn!)
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May 08, 2013
You took the words right out of my mouth (except for all of the puns and nicknames). Ha! You had me cracking up and I thoroughly enjoyed the comments. Glad to have such a New Girl enthusiast in the comments. Favorite show this year by far.
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May 09, 2013
Thanks! It's not hard to be enthusiastic about this show. Easily my favourite comedy on TV.
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May 08, 2013
I deserve a cookie for reading your whole comment, right? GAVE ME COOKIE, GOT YOU COOKIE!
P.S.: you make me laugh. And that's a good thing.
Oh, and I'm also on Loveteam Ness, and I'm not ashamed of it!
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May 09, 2013
Haha! We make each other laugh! I do love me some Nick quotes.
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May 08, 2013
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May 08, 2013
OMG you write so much.
I agree with you about the Winston thing. I think his purpose on the show is to be more of the straight man, and just stand around watching all the wackiness and just make funny expressions towards them (though I dont want them to get rid of his quirks)
As for Elizabeth I agree that I dont think she's actually trying to convert him back to his former fat self. Just fix his personality and views about how people should act. I think shes making him someone youll have fun with and not someone you make fun of.
Melvin is a good name for a goat -when was this? i dont remember it
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May 09, 2013
Hey, no one is MAKING you read my ramblings. And Melvin is the goat/mascot that hung itself on a swing set at Jess' new school. (They also named the replacement goat Melvin.)
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May 10, 2013
wow don't know how I missed that. And hey I enjoy your ramblings they are fun to read :)
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May 10, 2013
Sorry, I took that line as a slight.
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May 08, 2013
Winston dropping the cake and walking away was the best part of this episode for me. Plus he was dressed like Eddie Murphy in 'Raw'
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May 08, 2013
Yes!!!! I was wondering if anyone else realized where that outfit came from!!! Of course, it wasn't as tight on Winston. And dropping the cake was my second favorite scene behind the shriners terrorizing the little boy.
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May 08, 2013
Bobby D SO got in Nick's head. That last look he had makes that perfectly clear, at least to me. But I completely agree that he reacted in the exact opposite fashion of Nick of season 1. I love that he still tried to remake the breakfast (I'm not sure I would have touched his eggs with a stick; I was thinking it was mac and cheese initially), and that you could tell the gesture was appreciated by Jess, even though Winston got to end up eating it.

I am really curious to see how things end up after this next episode. We know the wedding won't actually happen (although who actually ends up being the one to call it off is still up in the air). I'm curious to see how Bob's speech is going to affect the Nick and Jess of it all. Jess seems to have made her peace with it and is willing to go for it, but Nick is going to be the interesting one to watch. We will get to see just how far he has truly grown. Now here we have Nick, seemingly finally over CeCe and actually in a place where he seems to be on the path to being truly happy. But knowing that the actress is on another show, we have to wonder how long this relationship can actually last. I don't want to see a relationship where we never get to see the 2 characters together because Nurse Jackie isn't on hiatus. But now I have to wonder if I actually want to see Schmidt and CeCe together now.........
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May 08, 2013
I really like the dynamics New Girl has built in the relationships of its characters. I think everything they write is it well thought and greatly done. Love this show.
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May 08, 2013
Is it just me or has the Douche Jar been absent for a significant number of episodes?
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May 09, 2013
last time I remember seeing it was the bathtub episode where Jess and Winston had the tub on the roof and it leaked and ruined Schmidts suits.
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May 08, 2013
It has. :(
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May 08, 2013
Maybe it's so full they're looking for a new one.
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May 08, 2013
Everything I loved about this show seems to be slipping away with character development. I know that everyone else loves it, but the reasons I was first drawn to this series was because of the characters and their interactions. Schmidt being an unhappy with low self-esteem made him hilarious by trying to over compensate, but I feel like Elizabeth is there to make him a more rounded human being (I bet the douche jar has nothing in it now). I like crazy lazy Nick who survives off of couch cushion coins, but now to be with Jess he's going to have to try in life (another normal character). I know this isn't the popular opinion but it makes me sad.
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May 08, 2013
I am constantly suprised that this is still the second season. New Girl has progressed much quicker than we, the tv audience, is used to for this type of show. On the other hand, I can not stand shows that allow their characters to move into their late thirties, forties, etc. without them ever establishing normal human relationship patterns. It just feels so sad and pathetic when characters don't marry, don't have children and continue to behave like they are in their twenties. It would break my heart to feel that way about any of these characters. The "will they/won't theys" that seem to go on for eternity or the "on again/off agains" etc. that make us so bored and frustrated. I am sure new girl will engage in some of these cliches but I hope not for long. I would rather see them find and committ to eachother and start their families while they are still young and quirky.
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May 08, 2013
I can see your point, but there is an issue with that. Would you want to watch this show 5 years from now and have these characters still acting the exact same way? These are people in their late 20s/early 30s so they're still at a point in their lives where they're working to figure some stuff out and figuring out how to truly exist in the post-college real world. So it make sense that we are going to character growth along the way. But it isn't happening over night so we still have those moments where Schmidt has that insecurity (personally, I'm gonna pretend he had to put money in the jar for how he acted at work) and moments where Nick makes the same crazy mistakes he always has. I'm all for them still having some of those traits that made me fall in love with them and this show to begin with, but it would get old after a while.
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May 08, 2013
I get what you're saying and I see your point as well, but I don't want their development to skew too far from their personality traits we love. And as I agree that after a while that would get old, we are still only in season 2. I can understand this transformation in season 4 but I'm just worried it came too soon.
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May 08, 2013
I can understand that. I'm definitely in the camp that is delighted by the developments, but like hbf716 said above me, the show has progressed the characters VERY quickly which definitely makes me a little bit nervous too. I don't want New Girl to hit a wall and get stuck or, on the other end of the spectrum, take everyone too far too fast. For now though, I'm just going with it.
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May 08, 2013
I definitely agree that I don't want the characters to change completely but I definitely feel like they're at that age where they have to start being more serious and driven. If they were in their early 20s, just out of college, I could completely live with their antics for several seasons without eeing too much long-term character growth. But by having them in their late 20s/early 30s they're at more of an age where they almost have to start thinking long-term, which tends to lead to more growing up. I think we'll have to see how the early part of season 3 goes to see just how much and how quickly we're going to have them grow. The writers seem to be pretty smart, and know that everyone doesn't just completely grow up all at once so I think as long as we keep a gradual pace on how much he have them grow, I don't think we'll ever have to worry about them being skewed too much.
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May 09, 2013
You perfectly described what I was thinking but couldnt seem to get into words: These characters (im talking about the guys) have been room mates from when they were in college, and its been said that they were kind of... Losers in college. So they graduate, and havign made no plans, and all become roomantes. Because well, isent that what we all do after college?

And by this season they've been room mates a long enough time that they are now starting to evolve and mature. To finnally maybe think about they're future, make plans, ext,. To grow up. :)
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May 08, 2013
Oh, Bob... You had to go and say exactly the thing that Nick fears the most: he's not good enough for Jess. I got the feeling from your review, MaryAnn, that you think this issue has been solved somehow with Nick making breakfast/dinner for Jess at the end of the episode, but I got the opposite feeling. Nick's face at the end... that's the face of an extremely insecure man...
I don't know why the writers decided to have Jess teach children again, I'd really enjoyed Jess teaching adults. Although it was really fun having Jess running around town trying to solve the multiple crises.
And I'm officialy on team Schmidt/Elizabeth. Sorry, Cece.
All in all, a very nice, fun episode. Not a highlight of the season for me, but New Girl never fails to entertain me, and that's always a plus.
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May 08, 2013
I'm sure we are faaaar from safe in the Nick/Jess department, but in the context of this episode, I'm kind of glad we got the happy ending with subtle hints of future drama instead of outright ANGST from the get go.
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May 08, 2013
Yay for Booger!! Supernatural and New Girl!
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May 08, 2013
Another hilarious episode. This show manages to make me laugh so much but maintains an edge of seriousness. This episode was very revealing about the characters needs and wants.
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May 08, 2013
loved this episode, all of the last episodes really. This show keeps on getting better! New Girl and The Mindy Project (which made me laugh waayy more than new girl this episode) are the two shows i love on this day!
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May 08, 2013
I'm so glad things have picked up this season. I stopped after the first 9 episodes coz it was starting to annoy, but glad i didn't give up on it. Have to say, I still prefer the idea of Schmidt and Cece, much as I like Elizabeth.
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May 08, 2013
This episode was called "Winston's Birthday", and the only real thing about Winston's birthday was that it was forgotten. Kind of like Winston himself. It felt like the show was acknowledging that Winston is sort of a sorry character.. Give the guy some decent storylines, New Girl!
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May 08, 2013
I was just going to write the same! Winston kinda always gets stuck with the C plot. And it seemed as though in the last few episodes the writers had figured out how to include him in the main storyline, but nope, we're back to having Winston running around without a purpose. And the thing is, Winston/Lamorne is SO FUNNY! To say that they are under-using him is an understatement...
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May 08, 2013
if happy endings gets cancelled we might get Coach back .. :P
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May 08, 2013
if that happens either a) Coach will pair up with Winston and they will both get stories or b) Winston will vanish into thin air cuz Coach's return will totally overshadow him
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May 09, 2013
my reactions:

A) OoOOOoOo!!! that would be AWESOME! I would love to see how they would work together and if they would be friends, maybe they could be like those guy friends you see in every TV show that are kind of too close lol, or maybe they will hate each other so much that Winston tries to pull a prank... and we all now how Winstons pranks end up.. O.O

B) NO. I CANNOT PUT INTO HOW MUCH THAT IS JUST... NO
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May 10, 2013
why do I see some sort of weird good cop/bad cop adventures with Winston and coach? that would be cool
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May 08, 2013
If you want to make a sandwich who better to ask then Meathead himself!
Over all I liked this episode, although I'm not to sure about Jess working at this new school. And also sad to see Winston not really get a storyline, hopefully he has a bigger part in the final
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May 08, 2013
Oh forgot to say Schmidt dancing is the best thing ever (both pre and post Fat Schmidt). Cant wait to see GIFs of that soon :)
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May 08, 2013
For never hardly seeing the show before, I was impressed with this episode. It didn't try too hard to be funny and actually had a nice touching side as well. I liked Jess's speech at the school to the kids (which was funny) and it was good that the dad finally was able to embrace the couple for who they were. For a newcomer to this episode, solid episode.
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May 08, 2013
I hope you're here to stay! You won't regret it!
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May 08, 2013
This was a nice quiet episode and I really like how what Bob said really made them both face what would be the surface big obstacle between Nick and Jess and for consistency sake I will say Nick's Table 29. And how they both went through every reaction on their own and how Nick actually seemed to be getting Jess telling him not to think bad about himself. My oddest biggest question is I like Elizabeth (and don't disagree with your concern) is why couldn't we have gotten to like Shevrang as much. He seems like a nice enough guy and honestly I am glad that he apparently has a Taylor Swift shaped ex to steal him away. I mean making us like the others makes us move away from dwelling on Cece and Schmidt so we are that much happier when they get together down the road. Poor Winston but it was kind of weirdly meta of New Girl to do.
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May 08, 2013
I love that New Girl makes the "casual" significant others really likeable! Sam was awesome, especially while cheering for Nick and Jess to kiss during the game. Julia was also awesome with her banter. Robby better continue to be in the series forever. Elizabeth is now fantastic too. It's so realistic for a sit-com! The characters pick people they want to be in relationships with - because they are people they SHOULD want to be in relationships with!! And it makes the break-ups that much more realistically painful, and the fight for their obvious inevitable partner that much more interesting! Winston still needs an awesome partner though. Daisy's getting close, but I don't like her enough yet. Overall, awesome romances, New Girl. Approved!
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May 08, 2013
Fatherly wisdom: ...and I'm not good enough for my little girl.
...shock...TENSION...
Winston: I got my own damn cake and you can't have none!
BEST MOMENT
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May 09, 2013
Literally my favorite scene in the whole episode LMAO LOVE Winston!!!
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